This book creates beautiful imagery, contains wonderful themes and fabulous insight into another time and place. The narration just sings with the narrator's sweet voice. The story is beautiful and heart wrenching and left me with a feeling of strength and wisdom and hope. I cannot recommend this more highly.
I am a huge Belinda Alexandra fan. I can hardly believe she wrote this. It was predictable and transparent from the start. I didn't care for the reader at all. I don't want to be overly critical - after all, it is simply my opinion. But I will never get another book narrated by her again. So very disappointed.
The bottom line is that I was worn out by this book. There were some compelling parts, but the level of detail about some parts of the story was interminable. My son said the ending was worth it all. The ending - the last 30-40 minutes - was very compelling, and there were other sections that I was really involved in, but most of it was just drudgery for me. I also didn't care for the reader. Some readers are able to bring characters to life with different voices. With Boris he did a great job. Most of the women sounded the same. I was often confused with the men, as well. Not sure I can recommend this book. I'm pretty conflicted.
This was a fabulous listen and I am even considering getting the book to re-read. I would have been highlighting lines left and right.
The only thing I didn't like was some of the production. Caroline Lee was her usual wonderful self, but there were these long pauses between chapters and sections that were very annoying. Even still I might even listen to this again - marvelous!
This was supposed to be historical fiction. There is so little history in it that I don't think it qualifies. And, silly me, I didn't know this wasn't the last book in the chronicles - and what a stupid place to end the book - cheap - unreasonable - I have no idea if I will continue with this series. I like HISTORICAL fiction - the only little tidbits I got didn't come close to satisfying that genre. Boo Jeffrey Archer. The only reason I gave it three stars is that for much of the book it would have been a fine vacation read.
Oh, and one other annoying thing. Usually when a part of a book has a label on it, like a character name, the story is told from that character's point of view. In this book, sometimes, even in the midst of one character's story, the narrative jumps to something about another person that the main character in that part couldn't possibly know about - totally disjointed.
I repeat - boo Jeffrey Archer!
Loved this so much that I want to listen to it again sometime and I really want to learn more about its writing and its author. Can't believe this book was written in 1985 but identifies so many issues that are in the forefront of our lives now. Really wonderful - recommending this to everyone.
But I REALLY hated the music between parts - it even drowned out the reader sometimes - horrid - but at least it was infrequent.
The story was very sweet - the metaphors were very good - the book was thought provoking, the characters were likable. Makes me look at my dog a little differently.
I can't remember why I bought this - there is nothing about the description that would entice me. But I am so thrilled that I followed the reviews - what a wonderful, carry-me-away story. I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed it as much if I had read it - Will Wheaton's reading was so wonderful - his expression, voices, timing - all amazing.
I can't recommend this enough. I knew nothing about 80's video games, so I probably missed a bunch of inside jokes. I don't care. I loved the pacing, the silliness, the romance, the geeky references - all terrific.
Get this book. You will thoroughly enjoy it!
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Took a bit of time to get used to it, but once I was hooked I was a fan. The story is wonderful, the gimmicks used not to far fetched that I had to suspend reality, and the characters were likable.
This started out so well - full of mystery, unanswered questions and characters that I liked. But it dropped the ball and missed opportunities. The mysteries were simplistic - no surprises, the references to magic led nowhere - turned into a few love stories -- I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop - like there just had to be nothing more. There wasn't. If you want nothing more than a love story that is simple, uncomplicated, go for it. I wish I had saved my money.
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